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Sony eyes return to robot-making business

Tokyo - The adorable Japanese Aibo dogs could soon make a comeback a decade after they were being put to "sleep" as electronics giant Sony Corp. is planning to return to robot-making business.

U.S., S. Korea, Japan hold first anti-N. Korea missile drill

Washington - South Korea, Japan and the United States held an unprecedented trilateral missile defence exercise on Tuesday, aimed at countering the growing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea which denounced it as a "military provocation.

Body parts found floating in Tokyo park pond

Toukyo - A leafy Tokyo park became the scene of a gruesome investigation on Thursday after human body parts were found floating in a pond, according to authorities and media reports.

Japanese troops not shooting blanks anymore

Toukyo - Japan's Self-Defense Forces aren't shooting blanks anymore.At least they weren't last month when troops mistook live ammunition for fake rounds at a training exercise.

Japan, Russia talks on elusive WWII peace treaty

Toukyo - Japan and Russia on Wednesday held talks aimed at resolving a territorial dispute dating back to World War II, which has prevented the neighbours from signing a peace treaty formally ending wartime hostilities.

At least three dead in Japan landslides, floods

Toukyo - At least three people have died and three are missing after landslides and floods hit a region in southern Japan that was recently battered by major earthquakes, officials said Tuesday.

Signs of possible N. Korea missile launch: reports

Seoul - North Korea appears to be readying another test of a powerful, new medium-range missile, following a series of failures for a ballistic weapons programme that aspires to threaten the US mainland, multiple reports said Tuesday.

Japan says ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line

Toukyo - Japanese regulators said Monday that two ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line for up to 20 more years -- the first such exception under tighter safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

Protesters rally against U.S. military on Okinawa

Naha - Tens of thousands rallied Sunday on the Japanese island of Okinawa to protest against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for decades.

U.S. military on Okinawa fights to check stigma of crime

Chatan - Crimes by US troops based on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have long angered residents, who for decades have claimed the American military was out of control.

Protesters rally against U.S. military on Okinawa

Naha - Thousands of demonstrators rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for decades.

Smartphones cause train delay in Japan

Tokyo - Due to the rising cases of train delays, a Japanese railway company plans to intensify the campaign that urges passengers not to use their smartphones when getting on or off trains.

Imprisoned Peru ex-president Fujimori taken to hospital

- Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and crimes against humanity, was transferred to a hospital after experiencing high blood pressure and pain in his tongue.

Japan atomic bomb survivors criticise Obama's Hiroshima speech

Toukyo - An association of Japanese atomic bomb survivors has criticised US President Barack Obama's speech last month during a historic visit to Hiroshima, saying he failed to mention US responsibility for the bombing.

Japanese man loses finger in latest bear attack

Toukyo - A Japanese man lost his little finger after being attacked by a bear in western Japan on Wednesday, police and reports said, the latest attack by the animals on humans.

Tokyo governor resigns over spending scandal

Toukyo - The governor of Tokyo resigned Wednesday over spending public money on lavish hotels and spa trips, the latest setback on the mega-city's troubled road to hosting the 2020 Olympics.

Japan bamboo-pickers defy bear attack warning despite deaths

Toukyo - Residents seeking seasonal bamboo shoots in northern Japan are ignoring warnings to avoid a mountain despite four deaths from apparent bear attacks, officials said.

Japan police find fourth victim of suspected bear attacks

Toukyo - The body of a fourth victim suspected of being killed by a bear in the past three weeks was found in a forest in northern Japan on Friday, reports said.

Japanese 'naked restaurant' to ban overweight diners

Toukyo - Japan's first "naked restaurant" opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry -- podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat.

Japan protests as Chinese navy sails near disputed isles

Toukyo - A Chinese naval ship sailed into waters surrounding disputed East China Sea islands for the first time early Thursday, prompting Tokyo to summon the Chinese ambassador to protest, the Japanese government said.

Japanese boy leaves hospital after forest ordeal

Toukyo - A seven-year-old boy who survived for nearly a week after being abandoned by his parents in a forest left hospital on Tuesday, capping a drama that captivated Japan and sparked a debate about child discipline.

Japanese man, 96, is world’s oldest university graduate

Kyoto - A 96-year-old Japanese born in the year when the Allies and Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles has been recognized as the world’s oldest university graduate.

Japanese man, 96, becomes world's oldest college graduate

Toukyo - A 96-year-old Japanese man is potty at the prospect of breaking more records after being recognised as the world's oldest university graduate with his degree in ceramic arts.

'La China' vs 'El Gringo': Peru's exotic vote rivals

- One candidate is known as "La China," though she is really of Japanese descent. The other is "El Gringo" -- years in the United States left him with a "yanqui" accent.

Missing boy case sparks discipline debate in Japan

Toukyo - The abandonment of a seven-year-old Japanese boy on a mountain road for misbehaving has sparked a national debate, with some expressing anger and others sympathy for the pressures parents face in disciplining their children.

Seven-year-old boy missing in Japan forest found alive: Officials

Toukyo - A seven-year-old boy missing since his parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest in northern Japan as a punishment nearly a week ago was found alive on Friday, officials said.

Dutch, U.S. officials crack huge global mail scam

Den Haag - Dutch and US prosecutors said Thursday they had cracked down on a multi-million-euro scam in which hundreds of thousands of victims mailed money to the Netherlands after being told they had won the lottery.

Bones of Italian priest shed new light on Japan's Christian past

Toukyo - Disguised as a samurai in kimono and topknot, Italian missionary Giovanni Battista Sidotti stole ashore on a small Japanese island in 1708, daring to enter a land hostile to his Christian creed.

Tokyo governor under fire for spending on luxury hotels, pyjamas

Toukyo - Tokyo's embattled governor apologised Wednesday in the face of rising public anger over alleged inappropriate spending on everything from luxury hotel suites to children's pyjamas.

Japan rescuers struggle with lack of clues for missing boy

Toukyo - The search for a seven-year-old Japanese boy missing since his parents abandoned him in a bear-inhabited forest was proving frustratingly difficult due to a lack of clues, a rescuer said Tuesday.
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